Tanzanian billionaire seized by gunmen nine days ago is found safe


Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed "Mo" Dewji, who was kidnapped over a week ago, has been found alive and taken safely back to his home.


On its Twitter feed, METL Group quoted Dewji as saying he had "returned home safely", without providing more details about how he was freed or got away from his captors.

"I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the police force for working for my safe return". I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers.

Mohammed Dewji, a 43-year-old businessman and former politician from Tanzania, was abducted on his way to a gym at a luxury hotel in Dar es Salaam on 11 October.

Mr Dewji's disappearance made global headlines, with his family offering a reward of one billion Tanzanian shillings ($440,000) for information leading to his rescue.

His family had offered to pay 1 billion Tanzanian shilling ($440,000) to anyone who could provide information that would lead to his release. His net worth is believed to be around $1.5 billion, according to Forbes and is the 17th richest man in Africa, according to Reuters.

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Dar es Salaam Regional Police Chief Lazaro Mambosasa said Saturday that they received information that the abductors "used the same auto that was used to seize him at the Colosseum Hotel and dumped him at the sports facility grounds". He is credited with taking his family business and turning it into a retail enterprise. It's unclear whether a ransom was paid.

"He has tied legs, hands and face therefore he could not see".

"He told us that they treated him very well and gave him food", Mambosasa said.

An AK-47 assault rifle, two pistols and several rounds of ammunition have also been taken into custody.

Tanzania's environment minister January Makamba, a close friend of the industrialist, tweeted on Saturday morning that he had spoken to Mr Dewji and his father.